Delay in court case deepens health insurance uncertainty
Associated Press ----- The Trump administration and House Republicans on Monday asked a federal appeals court for an extension in a case that’s casting a shadow of uncertainty over health insurance for millions of consumers. Democrats immediately called the move a cynical ploy. The case involves federal payments that insurers use to lower deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes who purchase individual policies under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. About $7 billion is at stake this year in the lawsuit, originally filed by House Republicans. The prolonged indecision comes at a critical time for insurers, who are trying to finalize their proposed premiums for 2018. BlueCross BlueShield insurer Anthem, which covers more than 1 million people in the ACA marketplaces, has told the government it needs to know for sure by June. Without the so-called “cost-sharing subsidies,” experts say premiums could jump by about 20 percent. To learn more click on the picture below to read the article.